Welcome to our new Meet the Charitable Organization series, focusing on the charities that BeCause Tees supports thanks to your custom. Today we’re looking into the work carried out by National Forest Foundation and why their work is so important.
Charitable Organization: National Forest Foundation
Who Are National Forest Foundation?
This nonprofit was created with a simple mission: “bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands.”
Understanding that the National Forests are incredibly important to America and the health of communities, they aim to inspire meaningful connections to these landscapes, whilst also undertaking conservation and promoting responsible recreation.
“The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.”
The Importance of restoring National Forests
There are so many challenges facing National Forests today, including wildfires, invasive species, the effects of climate change and so on.
Restoring National Forests is so important and has a far-reaching impact. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Restoration of wildlife habitat
- Helps to fight global climate change
- Improves soil, air, and water quality
- Provides spaces that improve mental wellbeing
Did you know?
According to National Forest Foundation, National Forests host 170 million visits every year, with visitor spending generating $13.5 billion each year. In addition to helping the economy, there are nearly 223,000 jobs in gateway communities sustained by this spending.
National Forest Foundation: Key Statistics
National Forest Foundation aims to have planted 50 million trees by the end of 2025. The 50 Million campaign was launched in 2018 as a reaction to the incredible reforestation need facing National Forests.
Campaign projects in 2021
- 3 million trees planted
- 28 tree species planted
- More than 21,000 acres reforested
- Projects took place across 20 states
Reforestation projects breakdown 2021
- 61% wildfire recovery
- 28% native habitat restoration
- 11% insect and disease restoration
- 1,427 miles of trail work undertaken
- Nearly 3,000 acres of wildlife habitat restored
- More than 2,200 youth employed or engaged
To date, since 2018, they’ve planted over 22 million trees, and counting. We're proud to support National Forest Foundation at BeCause Tees and to contribute to the restoration work they undertake via our TenTen pledge. To find out about the other charitable organizations we support, visit Our Mission page.